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On the benefits of school consolidation – Dondero who?

Recently, the school district of Royal Oak, Michigan, facing declining enrollments, had to consolidate two high schools into one.  The former Royal Oak Kimball and Royal Oak Dondero High Schools are now combined into what was Kimball and is now known simply as Royal Oak High School.  Dondero is now Royal Oak Middle School.  This is good news indeed, for we can begin the process of forgetting that George Anthony Dondero ever existed, certainly one of the most idiotic people that Michigan has produced.  Keep in mind that Michigan also gave us the Romneys, so that is saying a lot!  Quoting from the Wikipedia article on Dondero:

Dondero was most notable for mounting an attack on modern art, which he claimed to be inspired by Communism. He asserted that “Cubism aims to destroy by designed disorder… Dadaism aims to destroy by ridicule… Abstractionism aims to destroy by the creation of brainstorms”.[3] In 1952, Dondero went so far as to tell Congress that modern art was, in fact, a conspiracy by Moscow to spread communism in the United States.[4] This speech won him the International Fine Arts Council‘s Gold Medal of Honor for “dedicated service to American Art.”[5] When art critic Emily Genauer (future winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism) interviewed Dondero in the mid-1950s he stated “modern art is Communistic because it is distorted and ugly, because it does not glorify our beautiful country, our cheerful and smiling people, our material progress. Art which does not glorify our beautiful country in plain simple terms that everyone can understand breeds dissatisfaction. It is therefore opposed to our government and those who promote it are our enemies.”[6] When Genauer pointed out the resemblance between his views and those of the Stalinist Communists he despised, Dondero was so enraged that he arranged to have her fired from her job at the New York Herald Tribune.[6]

So here’s to you George Anthony Dondero, our idiot of the week.  May your erasure from the halls of Royal Oak Middle School hasten the erasure of any memory of you from our minds.



Roy Zimmerman at First UU Church in Detroit, Thursday, Sept. 29.

Hi Friends,
My friend Roy Zimmerman will be once again returning to Detroit for a show on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011.  Details are below.  I will perform a song at the start of Roy’s second set.  Hope to see you there!
Thursday, September 29 – 7:30 pm

Roy Zimmerman: Live From the Starving Ear

First Unitarian Universalist Church
4605 Cass Ave.
Detroit, MI
$15 suggested donation


What if they threw a tea party and nobody came?

The best thing to do this election year, is cancel your cable, disconnect, and try to stay as far away from media as you can.  Right now I am getting no newspapers – no Detroit Free Press, no Detroit News, no Wall Street Journal, no New York Times; no magazines – no Time, Newsweek, US News and World Report –  or other useless drivel.  I only watch the Daily Show on the internet, and I am finding life and politics to be a lot easier to take.  I got a car last year.  The car came with a free year of XM satellite radio, which proved to be useless, and even maddening at times.  I have not had cable tv for years.  Cable and XM seem to share a common malady – hundreds of channels and nothing worth seeing or hearing.  Now I have no TV.  I have not missed it.  And radio  has turned into Tea Party Disneyland.  You got Rush Limbaugh, giving voice to the desires of the bigoted and unintelligent, which is good I guess, because even the bigoted and unintelligent need a champion.  Lord knows the billionaire class needs them to keep working class people complaining and venting about other working class people.  In Detroit we have Mitch Albom, who is Rush Limbaugh, but eloquent and with a college degree, and who scabs when unions strike and writes crappy, sappy books.  There are other local blowhards on AM 1270 here, but I did not stick around long enough to find out the call letters nor the blowhards names (apologies to said blowhards for not having the courtesy to note their names).

So I am unplugging.  And you know what?  Birds still sing.  Grass still grows.  The sun still shines, although not often enough in Michigan.  Life is good.


Steve Deasy @ Gilda’s Club – Royal Oak, MI Tonight Sept 6.

Royal Oak, MI – 09/06/11

Tuesday, September 6, 2011
5:30pm – RSVP – All Ages
3517 Rochester Road
Royal Oak, MI, USA 48073
Other Info
Tues. Sept. 6, 5:30-8:30 pm
5:30 Supper served
6-7 Open mic for everyone
7-8 Guest Musician: Steve Deasy
*Supper provided*

Reminder House Concert tonight Fri. Sept 2, FOUR SHILLINGS SHORT


Celtic, Folk & World Music

FRI: SEPT 2     8:00 – 10PM


Ferndale, MI

RSVP Requested: or 248/990-5268

$10 suggested donation

Refreshments served/bring something to share if you like

Four Shillings Short play a fantastic collection of world instruments:

North Indian Sitar, hammered dulcimer, mandolins, Renaissance woodwinds, bouzouki , recorders, tinwhistles, banjo, percussion &  psaltry.

“They are not the Clancy Brothers or Jean Richie or Ravi Shankar

but a combination of all three.” (San Gregorio General Store, CA)


 “Their musical virtuosity makes old songs sound new and new songs

sound like time-worn Celtic spells.”  (CITY PAGES, Wausau WI)  



Stone House Concerts – Mini Folk Festival

Just passing this along from my good friend Sigrid Christiansen.  Sigrid hosts a house concert series at her home near Detroit Golf Club – there is always great food and drink and music.  Check it out! :
Sunday, August 28, 4pm -10 pm
The Line up!
 Derek Daniel, a Michigan favorite who’s tender, aching songs are delivered with power and grace.!/derekdaniel
Sigrid Christiansen with special guest David Mosher will present new songs from her upcoming
Potter’s Field, Rochelle Clark and John Natiw are known for poetic, gritty lyrics, close and powerful harmonies and an easy stage presence. They also have a new CD in the works.!/thepottersfield
Billy Brandt and Sarana VerLin, two of Detroit’s talented and award winning musicians come together with a blend of Celtic and American that is utterly compelling.
This is bound to be a fabulous evening of fabulous homegrown music. Support your musical community and come on out!
$20 suggested donation
18135 Hamilton Rd
Detroit, MI 48203
RSVP to reserve a seat at
Doors open at 4pm
Food and beverages will be served too!

Directions: At 7 mile and Woodward, go west on 7 mile, ½ mile, turn left onto Pontchartrain, turn left again to stay on Ponchartrain, 1/4 mile, turn right into private entrance for Detroit Golf Club, turn right again on private street, we are 8th house on your left.     Call 313-345-1225 if you are lost, we’ll be waiting for you!

Fabulous Fashionable Ferndale House Concert – Four Shillings Short

No, I’m not asking you to pony up some cash to get us by.  However I am happy to announce that the Fabulous Fashionable Ferndale House Concert is kicking off this year’s events with Four Shillings Short, a great husband and wife acoustic duo.  Four Shillings Short play a fantastic collection of world instruments: North Indian Sitar, hammered dulcimer, mandolins, Renaissance woodwinds, bouzouki , recorders, tinwhistles, banjo, percussion & psaltry.

For more info <—click the link, or click here —> to view or download a handsome collectable flyer


State Department News Briefings Explained

As a valuable internet service, a website called “The Daily Bail” now has a translation service which decodes what US State Department personnel say and displays what it actually means.  A valuable aid for folks like me that have trouble understanding these folks when they speak. Below is a link to the latest translation on the events in Egypt:

Hillary Clinton’s Speech on Egypt and Mubarek